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Scilvenas Auditor | joined 14 April 2005 | 145 posts


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 25 June 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Scilvenas, Auditor

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Now listening to... posted 27 June 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Scilvenas, Auditor

Clutch
Robot Hive : Exodus view post


Local Writing Groups posted 27 June 2005 in Author Q & ALocal Writing Groups by Scilvenas, Auditor

Well, y'know, Chuck Palahniuk contributes to an on-line workshop... Of course, now the site's gone pay, and that sucks. But an R. Scott Bakker workshop would be incredible. I'd even submit my stuff (though considering how well the last time I submitted anything online went...).

Which leads me to a question: What do you call your style of writing? Do you see yourself on the advent of a new type of fantasy? If so, do you consider yourself in the vanguard? view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 03 July 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Scilvenas, Auditor

Life

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Need help with holes!!! posted 06 July 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionNeed help with holes!!! by Scilvenas, Auditor

Not that I agree with guest over there, but piercing, even the industrial, lobe, .1 gauge, etc varieties have gone from counterculture, to cool, to mainstream, and are now on the downhill slide to squaredom. You could probably get a few more months in, but unless you're in asia or the boondocks....

Now, if you actually like piercings, cool. f*** the mob. But if that's the case, why poll for it? view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 06 July 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Scilvenas, Auditor

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First Word that Comes to Mind posted 09 July 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Scilvenas, Auditor

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Now listening to... posted 13 July 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Scilvenas, Auditor

Dream Theatre - Octavarium

It might be good if I could get past the Air Supply/Europ sound of the lead vocalist. But I can't, so it sucks. view post


Now Reading... posted 17 July 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Scilvenas, Auditor

Od Magic by Patricia McKillip view post


Now Reading... posted 19 July 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Scilvenas, Auditor

Never heard of it. view post


Now listening to... posted 19 July 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Scilvenas, Auditor

A couple of bands I've never ran across before. Isis and Therapy?.... courtesy of allmusic.com. view post


Starring "Insert Actor Here" as Kelhuss! posted 22 July 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionStarring "Insert Actor Here" as Kelhuss! by Scilvenas, Auditor

Because of Equilibrium, I'd almost say Bale, but I can't quite see him inspiring people's unquestioning love and trust. Pitt, maybe? Meh. How old is Kellhus, anyway?

Can I just say "anybody but Orlando Bloom"? view post


Od Magic - Patricia A. McKillip posted 22 July 2005 in ReviewsOd Magic - Patricia A. McKillip by Scilvenas, Auditor

This is standard McKillip. Good, just how you'd expect. In fact, that's the only bad thing you can say about the book. There's no real tragic turn of events, nothing all that painful. Everything gets resolved nicely, giving you warm fuzzies.

There are a lot of character POVs. The story follows a gardener who's asked by a great, mysterious wizardess to come work at her school. The antagonist is a young, well-intentioned if too serious wizard who is the counselor to the king, a bit of a McCarthy figure who suspects the gardner is involved in an ominous plot.

It ends up being a quaint little homily about the dangers of setting bounds on creativity/freedom of expression in the pursuit of national security.

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First Word that Comes to Mind posted 01 August 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Scilvenas, Auditor

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Prince of Nothing on TV/Big Screen posted 02 August 2005 in Author Q & APrince of Nothing on TV/Big Screen by Scilvenas, Auditor

Immortal was definately different. It might have actually been good if it had been consistent. The animation was great at some parts, N64-ish almost at others. The plot was interesting, but was ultimately diluted by too many sub-plots. I could see it being a good series, but as a movie... view post


What we look like posted 04 August 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat we look like by Scilvenas, Auditor

TH, high five on the quitting. A little over a month on my part. view post


Ages posted 04 August 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionAges by Scilvenas, Auditor

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A few questions . . . posted 04 August 2005 in Author Q & AA few questions . . . by Scilvenas, Auditor

Quote: "Cu'jara Cinmoi":fvy0qjk8
1. Is it possible for unions between Sranc and Men to have offspring?


No. Though it is possible with Nonmen.[/quote:fvy0qjk8]
So would the offspring of Sranc and Nonmen be infertile, then (same genus, different species)? view post


Now listening to... posted 06 August 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Scilvenas, Auditor

Dead Meadow - Feathers view post


The Few and Kellhus posted 06 August 2005 in The Warrior ProphetThe Few and Kellhus by Scilvenas, Auditor

Kellhus is obviously meant to be seen as a Christ figure. There's way too much talk of him being the New Prophet (a real/false prophet following Sejenus) or a Latter Day Prophet for it not to be. Curiously, if anybody's read the Dragonbone Chair books, Williams also uses a tree to crucify his Christ figure, Usires Aedon. I'm not sure if there's a literary/theological reference to both of these uses, but there is a definite blurring of the lines in Bakker's case to form a resemblence to Odin. Anybody know offhand or can look up how long Kellhus hung from the tree? Am I wrong in thinking the big tree had a name of some sort (I doubt it was Yggdrasil... I seriously need to stop relying on the library for my books)? view post


Now listening to... posted 06 August 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Scilvenas, Auditor

For the longest time, I thought El Cielo had came out before Leitmotif. Guess it's because I heard Leitmotif first, and liked it better, and thought it must have been an improvement over their first album. Turns out I was wrong. Dredg's new album is too much like their second one. I just haven't been able to get into it. view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 17 August 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Scilvenas, Auditor

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What is Philosophy? posted 17 August 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat is Philosophy? by Scilvenas, Auditor

From The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy

(Gk., love of knowledge or wisdom) The study of the most general and abstarct features of the world and categories with which we think: mind, matter, reason, proof, rruth, etc. In philosophy, the concepts with which we approach the world themselves become the topic of enquiry. A philosophy of a discipline such as history, physics, or law seeks not to so much to solve historical, physical, or legal questions, as to study the concepts that structure such thinking , and to lay bare their foundations and presuppositions. In this sense philosophy is what happens when a practice becomes self-conscious. The borderline between such 'second-order' reflection, and ways of practising the first order discipline itself, is not always clear: philosophical problems may be tamed by the advance of a discipline, and the conduct of a discipline may be swayed by philosophical reflection (see alsoowl of Minerva). AT different times there has been more or less optimism about the possibility of a pure or 'first' philosophy, taking an *a priori standpoint from which other intellectual practices can be impartially assessed and subjected to logical evaluation and correction (see methodology). The late 20th-century spirit of the subject is hostile to any such possibility, and prefers to see philosphical reflection as continuous with the best practice of any field of intellectual enquiry.


Knew I bought that thing for a reason. view post


Do you believe a God exists? posted 17 August 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionDo you believe a God exists? by Scilvenas, Auditor

I'm going to steal my own post from somewhere else for this one.

First off, I'd like to point out the [url=http://www.belief.net/story/76/story_7665_1.html:3vutqdz2]belief-o-matic[/url:3vutqdz2]. According to it, I'm a Universal Unitarian. But since just about anybody could be one, I suppose I should elaborate.

I call myself a zen solipsist. The solipsist bit because zen isn't exactly a religion, and the zen bit because I'm not exactly a solipsist.

I believe the only way to understand the universe is to understand yourself, and vice versa.

I believe in paradox in everything.

I believe in absolute free will and absolute determinism. Not because they conflict, but because they are both equal expressions of the nature of reality; either one works, but not both.

I believe that there is no god, that the universe is god, that as a part of the universe we all are god, and that I am the only god whose existence I can rationalize.

I believe that Jesus was just a man, but I believe he was mankind's savior and even died for my sins. (truly explaining this would take a lot of time, and for most people, would be considered a stretch... perhaps even blasphemous. You are Jesus, and so am I.)

I don't believe in an afterlife or reincarnation, but I do believe that the being who resides in me will reside in everyone and everything else or already has. I don't consider this being separate from myself.

I know I've told this story elsewhere and maybe even here, but I'll tell it again. I was raised Mormon. I found myself unable to believe in God as I was taught around the age of 16. I started looking into a lot of other religions, eastern philosophy - zen, buddhism, and some taoism - the only things that really struck a cord with me. I got heavily into Zen, probably just because it sounded so cool (where is the hole when the cheese is gone?). I gathered a loose set of quasi-theological beliefs I called Frostism. It wasn't anything I really believed, but at least it was something. Believing myself an atheist was deeply disturbing for me.

A couple years later, while studying in Monterey at the Defense Language Institute, a girl I knew jokingly asked me why I was so weird. I told her it would take some time to give her an answer thorough enough to truly explain me. So later that night I'm sitting in my barracks room, trying to write it down on paper.

My first answer was that I wasn't weird. It's just that other people's point of view was too far removed from my own to be able to make sense of it. The problem with that answer was that it gave me too much credit, placed my view above others.

So I had to argue the other side. If all other points of view see me as weird, what difference does my own point of view make? It might as well not exist. I am weird.

I couldn't find a way to make both ideas work, and I couldn't say one of them was wrong. That's when it hit me. I solved my own koan and had, what I thought at the time, an enlightenment (I've come to realize it was an awakening). Everything was clear to me. I understood my own nature, that of the universe, and my place within it. I knew how it all works and what it all meant. Everything I had read on zen suddenly made sense in the most simple way possible. It wasn't cryptic for the sake of being cryptic, but because every thing in the universe contradicted itself because nothing is independant. The truth is so simple that most of us look past it without even seeing it.

Imagine the universe is a tennis ball. If you cut all the pieces up, it would still be a tennis ball. Each piece is still made of tennis ball stuff, so tennis-ballness runs through everything, so everything is the same, even if all the pieces aren't alike.

So take the tennis ball and stick a needle in it. The point at which the needle intersects the surface of the ball can be considered your unique point of view. For all intents and purposes, the tennis ball looks at least subtly different from every possible point of view (infinite points of view, infinite universes).

So if the tennis ball moves what happens to the point with the needle through it? It has to move. I consider this an explanation of determinism.

The opposite is true, though, isn't it? If the needle moves, the whole ball has to move with it. The effects of one person's actions, no matter how minute, change the universe. Absolute free will.

The only viewpoint I can comprehend is my own (though I can reasonably guess at others), and living with the philosphy that nothing I do matters didn't seem like a very good way of going through life. So for simplicity's sake, I chose the path of the solipsist. You can understand yourself to know the universe, or you can understand the universe to know yourself. They both work because in the end, they're the same thing. view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 18 August 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Scilvenas, Auditor

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Do you believe a God exists? posted 18 August 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionDo you believe a God exists? by Scilvenas, Auditor

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eXXXtremely Important questions which require answers. posted 18 August 2005 in Author Q &amp; AeXXXtremely Important questions which require answers. by Scilvenas, Auditor

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Do you believe a God exists? posted 19 August 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionDo you believe a God exists? by Scilvenas, Auditor

I understand where you're coming from, H, and I think I pretty much agree with you. I'm just saying the distinction is a matter of perception. If you had no knowledge of Cause 1, you would see the choice springing from you. If you chose to suddenly like Chocolate, chances are you could. That doesn't mean something external didn't cause you to change your mind, though. But trying to trace back all the causes that lead to any one event is much like trying to count your reflection between two mirrors. It's simply easier to take responsibility for everything you do and act accordingly. view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 20 August 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Scilvenas, Auditor

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Now listening to... posted 21 August 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Scilvenas, Auditor

NIN - Downward Spiral view post


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